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Getting your CV past the robots

Getting your CV past the robots

There's no two ways about it. When you submit your CV for a job application (or post it on a jobs board), the chances are that it'll be initially processed - and rejected - by software, not by a human.

Known as an Applicant Tracking System (ATS), the software addresses many hiring needs but only one is of concern to a job seeker: the automatic processing of submitted CVs. In short, the ATS will 'parse' or read and process your CV, and crucially, compare its (and your) relevance for the job in question.

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Tips for setting up your small business, part 1

Tips for setting up your small business, part 1

While Zoek job search usually caters for the traditional employee/employer relationship, we do see searches for non-traditional jobs - dog-walkers being one such job search. But what if you're thinking of taking the plunge and going full-time with your own business idea? Here are a couple of aspects to consider.

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The most creative CVs in the world

The most creative CVs in the world

A CV is not merely a list of your previous experience and work. It’s the first opportunity to show what you can do; an example of your work in itself.

If the words in your CV claim you have attention to detail, the best way is to show it with a very thorough and well laid out CV. If you list communications as a strength, but your CV doesn’t show it, what will a potential employer think?

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To interview or not to interview

To interview or not to interview

Here’s one of the big dilemmas for job seekers – should you decline a job interview?

Imagine the scenario: you’re actively looking for a job and you’ve updated your CV across multiple job sites. You get your first call from a recruitment agency – seems they think you’re a good match for a position. You’re not so sure but you tell them to submit your CV to the client. Next thing you know you’re being invited to an interview for the job. It’s now time to step up to the plate.

Or is it?

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How to get a job you're not qualified for

How to get a job you're not qualified for

They say it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. But is that enough to get a job you’re not qualified for? If you have lofty or even delusional, unrealistic career ambitions this year, how you can you get there? In the enthusiasm-overloaded early days of 2017, your dream job can now become reality. Here’s how.

1. What you know

Traditionally, your technical abilities and knowledge for your desired career were the most important. We have spent our whole lives chasing education and experience, but is that all there is to it?

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Preparing The Right CV For An Apprenticeship

Preparing The Right CV For An Apprenticeship

If you’re going for an apprenticeship position, make sure your CV is up to the job. Here are Zoek’s top tips on creating an apprenticeship CV.

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New Tech, New Job.

New Tech, New Job.

2017 is upon us. The only thing moving faster than time is technology and finding a job is no different.

Before internet job boards arrived, newspapers and community boards were once the norm when looking for a job. But candidates now spend more time on mobile job search apps than internet job boards, as the demand for constant connectivity increases. Thanks to Zoek, the job search technology in mobile job search apps has now evolved too. Here’s how.

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Save your job search: App tip #1

Save your job search: App tip #1

One of the many nice features of the Zoek job search app is the ability to save your job seach.

 

Doing so is easy - touch the icon on the top right of the screen. You'll see a brief message that your search has been saved, and the icon will change to have a line through it.

Click on the saved search icon again to cancel this search - the icon will no longer have a line through it.

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New Year, new job?

New Year, new job?

It's that time of year again. From Boxing Day on many of us will have sat back and pondered on the things we're going to do differently in the New Year. The following usually top the list:

  • getting fit & healthy
  • booking a holiday
  • finding a new job

Let's look at the job opportunities presented by each of these popular New Year's resolutions

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The Psychology of Sales: how to keep motivated

The Psychology of Sales: how to keep motivated

Mastery Focus vs Outcome Focus

Sales, sales, sales. Always be closing. The scoreboard is everything. But what can the field of psychology teach us about what motivation is, and how we can use this knowledge in a sales job?

Outcome

Sales is a cut-throat environment. An outcome drives it – the sale, which is reinforced with commission. But is this environment motivating, or potentially unhealthy? What is best for long term motivation?

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